Day 1806: Sense AND Sensibility

Yesterday, I had the sense and sensibility to walk near the seashore with Michael, to visit the Harvard Book Store, AND to see an excellent production of Jane Austen‘s Sense and Sensibility  with my sensible friend, Deb.

When I was a senior in college, I had the sense and sensibility to write my undergraduate thesis on Jane Austen.  The title of that thesis was Judgment and [a word I don’t have the sensibility to remember, but my sense is that it’s something like “Perception”] in the Novels of Jane Austen. 

“Sense'” AND “sensibility” are defined in this quote from Wikipedia’s description of Jane Austen’s  novel Sense and Sensibility.

“Sense” means good judgment or prudence, and “sensibility” means sensitivity or emotionality.

Today, I would venture to say that combining one’s sense and sensibility results in wise mind — the overlap of logic and emotion.   I now have the sense and sensibility to quote Marsha Linehan, the creator of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT):

Wise mind is that part of each person that can know and experience truth. It is where the person knows something to be true or valid. It is almost always quiet, It has a certain peace. It is where the person knows something in a centered way.

Do you see any sense and/or sensibility in my photos from yesterday?

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I have the sense and sensibility to include this music from the 1995 film version of Sense and Sensibility:

As usual, I have the sense and sensibility to end a post with thanks to all who helped me create it and to you — of course! — for bringing your sense and sensibility to my blog.

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27 thoughts on “Day 1806: Sense AND Sensibility

  1. How would you rank her books favourite to non favourite?

    • I’ll let you know later, Alex. In the meantime, what’s your favorite photo here?

      • the dog with the cap 🙂

      • I thought that would be your favorite photo!

        My favorite Jane Austen book is “Pride and Prejudice.” It’s difficult to rank the others in order, but here goes:

        2. Persuasion
        3. Northanger Abby
        4. Emma
        5. Sense and Sensibility
        6. Mansfield Park

  2. An Edward Gorey Christmas book… Now there is some cheerful Yule reading. I’ll have to see if I can find it.

    • My sense, Trent, is that was not a book but rather a collection of Christmas cards. With my sensibility, I wouldn’t want you looking for something that doesn’t exist. Thanks for the comment!

      • Since he was an illustrator, cards would make sense. I do have a couple of his books, and if you like very dark, often sick, humor….

  3. Your beauty is filled with Sensibility, as I view from here Ann 😀
    The huge pictures are beautiful.

  4. I didn’t see much sense in what looks like a candle-stick holder on the bed !!

  5. It looks like you and Oscar are ready for Chanukah-by-the-Sea, which is a miracle in at least four ways. And, how cool is it that you and Deb visited the Harvard bookstore? Very! No snow in your photos, either.

    Will you be seeing Aaron over the holidays?

    • My sensibilities about snow did make me take one photo, above, of a bicycle in Harvard Square covered in ice and snow, but I didn’t have the sense to use a flash, so it’s difficult to see. Thanks for having the sensibility to ask about Aaron — he will be home for the holidays.

  6. I’m afraid I’m not a fan. ‘Pride and Prejudice is the only one I’ve read. Am I being sensible?

  7. Many years ago I had the good sense to join a book club that read Jane Austen’s Emma, and then, on my own, read both Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility.
    And now I think maybe I should go back to all three. The wonderful thing about great books is they remain sensible throughout our lives, but the way they make sense changes with our experience.

  8. Awesome photos as usual, sense and sensibility are things so many people fail at

  9. I had the sense to open the email notifying me of this blog post, and what a wise minded idea! I’m reminded that it’s winter where you are, with snow! Here in SW Florida we’re having a cold snap, but not like yours. Seeing your menorah all ready for tomorrow night gives me the sensibility to tell you my husband just got ours out and put it up (shhhh, it’s electric!). We’ve invited friends over for latkes and matzo ball soup. When she asked me what they could bring, I said, a dozen jelly donuts! Even from Dunkins it’s better than trying to make them myself! 🕎🍩🌈

  10. Your photos fill my senses, Ann.

  11. Thank you alwasy for your good sense and sensitive sensibilities Ann. Happy Chanukah!

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